Community Opportunities

Get Involved in the Community!
As an alumnus of Scottsdale Leadership you have the knowledge and skills to make a difference in our community! Each of the non-profits shown below is looking for dedicated leaders to volunteer or serve on its board of directors. We encourage you to give your time, talent and experience to them.


The following non-profit organizations are seeking board members:

Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped (AFH)– is seeking passionate and energetic professionals to join our board and lead our efforts in organizational renewal.  We are a 55-year-old non-profit providing high quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities.  We are implementing new initiatives and new best practice models across our programs, and we are looking for leaders to be ambassadors for our agency.  We are seeking candidates with professional experience and a commitment to individuals with special needs to help us connect to our community and increase our impact.  Board service requires a commitment of 2-4 hours per month. For more information please contact Kelli O’Toole, President and CEO of AFH, at or 602.956.0400. Our website is

Audrey’s Angels – enriches the lives of the elderly in small group homes through live music. For more information or to apply, contact Board Chair Kathy Jorgenson at or 602-501-1899.

Gabrielle’s Angels  delivers healing pet therapy to at-risk children, nurturing their emotional development and enhancing the quality of their lives forever. Board Member Job Description and Board Member Qualifications. Contact Executive Director Pam Gabor at or 602- 266-0875 ext 12.

Gigi’s Playhouse Phoenix/Scottsdale – serves children and adults of all ages.  They provide educational, therapeutic, and job training programs at no charge to families in a format that individuals with Down syndrome learn best. All programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential. Contact Debbie McKeighan at

Gina’s Team – this Scottsdale-based non-profit promotes education and self-sufficiency for incarcerated women and men. Gina’s Team recently won a FootSTEPS grant from Allegra Marketing & Print, headed by Eileen Rogers, Class 2. Contact Sue Ellen Allen at or 480-343-8185.

Hirsch Academy – this new charter school operates out of the Paiute Neighborhood. Candidates should be passionate about improving education for this under-served, primarily Hispanic population, and care about south Scottsdale. Contact Board Member Wendy Riddell, Class 17, at 480-682-3902 or

HOBY Arizona (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) – inspires and develops our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Contact Darin Shebesta, Class 28 at or 480-213-3430.

Keep Scottsdale Beautiful –  promotes individual responsibility and encourages volunteers, together with local civic organizations, government officials, corporations and individuals, to address local quality of life issues. Contact Chris Irish at or 480-710-9584.

Miracle League of AZ – provides a safe, successful and enjoyable baseball experience for children, teens and adults with disabilities or special health care needs. Contact John Little, Class 6 at or 480-720-4777.

Partners for Paiute – supports the Paiute Neighborhood Center through promoting, funding and facilitating social services and educational, cultural and recreational activities for the Paiute neighborhood and surrounding communities. Contact Lisa Randall, Class 28 at or 480-980-2516.

Scottsdale Historical Society, a non-profit, volunteer organization housed in the Little Red Schoolhouse on the Scottsdale Mall, is seeking a new Treasurer. Knowledge of Peachtree Software is a requirement. Duties include maintaining accounts, writing checks, and giving a financial report at the monthly board meetings on the third Monday night of each month. Estimated time involved is approximately two hours/week. For more information, contact 480-945-4499 or

Scottsdale Paradise Valley YMCA – creates programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  Contact Jane Blacker, Class 19 at or 480-283-3009 if you are interested.

The Scottsdale Railroad & Mechanical Society provides assistance, funding and technical support to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The group has been the driving force behind the development of the park’s infrastructure and development over the past 40 years. The Society is seeking new board members. Candidates should be passionate about helping shape a magical place for children and families in Scottsdale. The estimated time commitment is approximately five hours a month. Contact Josh Weiss at or 480-789-0743.

Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Inc.  promotes peace through mutual respect and understanding via Sister Cities International, a non-profit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between the U.S. and international communities. Contact Craig Miller at 480-607-8729 or

Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation – helps all students within the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) achieve educational excellence. Contact Alesia Martin, Class 22 at 602-234-4137 or

Scottsdale-based Support Education & Employment for Vets seeks “roll up your sleeves” board members who can help transition military veterans to civilian careers and academic pathways.  Contact Ray Torres at 480-385-2590 or

Teach for America Phoenix is seeking highly engaged young professionals who are passionate about improving Arizona education to join our Associate Board. Associate board members champion Teach For America as a critical vehicle to eliminate educational disparities in low-income communities in Arizona.  If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Associate Board Recruitment Chair, Trevor Bergeron at For more information about Teach For America, visit

Valley Youth Theater – this professional-quality theatre company is dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts. Ideal candidates should have access to resources, be willing and capable of fundraising, have connections and influence in the community and be excited about what VYT provides for the Valley’s youth.  Hope H. Ozer, Class 3 and Founder & Chair Emeritus of VYT’s Board of Directors, is happy to share more about her passion for the organization –  For more information about Board Membership opportunities, please contact Jim Rough, VYT Vice-Chair and chair of board development committee at or 602-528-8001.

Waste Not – their mission is to alleviate local hunger. They rescue excess perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to a diverse network of agencies/organizations that feed the hungry. Contact Board President Kim Richards at 602-908-5366 or

To find out about the organization’s mission, programs and board member requirements, simply click on its name:
Audrey’s Angels
Audubon Arizona
Bridging Arizona Furniture Bank
Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship
The Foundation for Sustainable Senior Centers of Scottsdale
Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
Pets on Wheels of Scottsdale
Partners for Paiute
Scottsdale Airpark Kiwanis Club
Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation
Scottsdale Human Relations Commission
Scottsdale Musical Arts
Scottsdale Paradise Valley YMCA
Scottsdale Prevention Institute
Scottsdale Sister Cities
Severson Sisters
Southwest Human Development
World Affairs Council of Arizona
Waste Not

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